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October 6, 2005

Academic Affairs Committee
Minutes of October 6, 2005
Library Taylor Conference Room

Present: Robert Coburn, Chris Goff, Gigi Gokcek, Berit Gundersen, Amber Padilla, Jean Purnell


Guests: Rob Brodnick

Berit Gundersen called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.


Approval of Minutes
September 1, 2005
Motion: Chris Goff moved, Robert Coburn seconded to approve the minutes.
Motion unanimously approved.
Purnell will contact the Registrar about a minor editing change in the Undergraduate Graduation with Honors Policy.


Program Review
a. Options for program review.
Berit Gundersen outlined the charge to the committee from the Provost to revise the program review guidelines and process. Rob Brodnick, Director of Planning and Research, and Jean Purnell, Assistant Provost, provided background information on how onsensus was reached to begin a process of revising the program review process. Faculty, staff, and administrative views on this subject were gathered through discussion at retreats and meetings between late spring and early fall 2005. The deans developed a document summarizing these discussions and outlining several potential models for a new review process. After reviewing this document, committee questions included how benchmarking is defined, who would set bencharks, and what resources would be available to support a future-oriented review process that would result in recommendations for program enhancement or development. Committee members discussed options for conducting the task of revising the review process, including getting more detailed information from the deans on the work they have already done, forming a subcommittee to develop a proposal, and gathering more information from constituent units. Berit Gundersen will send notes to the committee detailing a proposed process to follow; committee members are asked to send her feedback.
b. Program Review Panels.
Berit Gundersen provided information on panelists for review of English/Film Studies and Mathematics. The committee will take action on panels at the November meeting.


Berit Gundersen adjourned the meeting at 5:00 p.m.


Submitted by
Jean Purnell
Assistant Provost